Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project
Abstract: The purpose of this thesis-project was to gain a better understanding of the particular challenges that wealth creates for spiritual formation. I defined spiritual formation in the context of a creation-fall-redemption-consummation framework and explained how wealth might hinder that formation, while also hypothesizing from several biblical texts what some of those challenges might be. I interviewed twenty people who met my working definition of "wealthy" and confirmed several of the challenges I identified and also added several more. I concluded the thesis-project with recommendations for how the wealthy might overcome the challenges of wealth for spiritual formation.